Giant to close West Market Street location
- Giant Food Stores in West York will close in early 2017.
- The company says its lease expires with no option for renewal.
- The 58 employees affected will be offered comparable positions at nearby stores.
Giant Food Stores will close its West York location at the beginning of 2017, according to a company news release.
The lease will expire on the building at 1200 W. Market St., and there is no option for renewal, the release states.
The store was the first York-area location for the Carlisle-based grocery chain when it opened more than 40 years ago, according to company president Tom Lenkevich.
The closure affects 58 employees, who will be offered comparable positions at surrounding stores.
West York council president Shawn Mauck said that the borough officials hope they can persuade the chain to reconsider.
"We're going to try to have some conversations with Giant ... (and) see if there's any way to get them to change their minds," said Mauck, who on Friday will switch positions and become mayor of the borough of about 4,600 people.
But, Mauck said, if the company doesn't reconsider, borough officials will approach area developers in an effort to bring in something comparable to replace Giant.
Giant also operates stores at 1255 Carlisle Road in West Manchester Township, 2415 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township, 275 Pauline Drive in York Township and 205 Glen Drive in East Manchester Township.
It will mark the second recent closure in the area by a major grocery chain. Weis Markets closed its Manchester Township location at the end of March, and a Grocery Bargain Outlet Market opened shortly after at that same location, 1500 N. George St.
Upon seeing the news of the Giant closing, York City Mayor Kim Bracey tweeted that it was "disappointing when these stores don't think about the inner city's needs." The store is just a couple of blocks outside York City's limits.
Bracey could not be reached for further comment Tuesday.
Of the 16 census tracts in the city, only two aren't considered "food deserts" by the new USDA definition of the term, which refers to a low-income area with poor access to a grocery store.